The Fine Print: Cost
When enrolling in an IB course or the full diploma, there are costs in addition to Cathedral tuition. Below is a brief explanation of such costs, payment plan options, and evidence that it is money well spent. NOTE: if you student is taking only SL courses, he/she can decide whether or not to take the exam.
Registration fee: $172 – this is a one-time fee for each year a student takes IB tests. Most students take IB exams as 12th graders. If the student is a full diploma candidate, the registration fee covers both years. If, however, the student is taking classes as a certificate student and he/she takes one exam junior year and another exam senior year, the registration fee is required each year.
Exam fee: $119 per exam
Total cost for the Diploma program: $886 – includes registration, exams, and fees for the core components
Note: AP tests cost $93 per exam, so there is only a small difference in price.
PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS:
Payment plan suggestions for Diploma Candidates:
Full: $886.00 Due December 1st, 2017
Annual: $443 (11th grade only) Due December 1st, 2017; December 1, 2018
Bi-Annual: $221.50 (11th grade only) Due September 1st, 2017; December 1, 2017
September 1st, 2018; December 1, 2018
A payment plan can also be created for a certificate student. If taking one course, the options are as follows:
Full: $291 Due December 1st, 2017
Annual: $145.50 Due September 1st, 2017; December 1st, 2017
*All payments are completed through the business office; contact Jean Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss payment methods and/or other payment plan options.
RATIONAL FOR COST
Though this does seem pricy, when compared to the opportunity of testing out of a college course, it makes sense. For example, one credit hour at IU is $287.76; most classes are 3 credit hours meaning a total of $863.28; this price does not include books, etc. If a student scores a 5 or above in an HL course, it is very likely that he/she will earn a minimum of 3 credit hours.
If you are unable to pay a portion or all of this, we will do what we can to help cover the cost. To get such aid, a student will have to show financial need.
At present, if a student on the diploma track qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the state does cover $98 for each exam, with Cathedral covering the remaining cost. Please contact Elizabeth VanWienen for more information and to get signed up for this assistance.